Coleman Hawkins in OKC for Thunder pre-draft visit

The 2023 NBA draft combined is scheduled to take place soon from May 15 to May 21, which means the draft season is right around the corner.

It looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder are underway with draft evaluations as they have begun conducting pre-draft visits. Illinois forward Coleman Hawkins gets the honor of being the first 2023 draft prospect to publicly let it known he visited with the Thunder.

The 21-year-old is currently projected to go in the second round of the 2023 NBA draft. The 6-foot-10, 253-pound forward averaged 9.9 points on 44.1% shooting, 6.3 rebounds and three assists in 33 games last season. He also shot 28% from 3 on four attempts. Hawkins spent three seasons at Illinois.

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The Thunder will have two second-round picks in the 2023 NBA draft, which means they could get two shots at drafting Hawkins if they like him enough to do so.

The 2023 NBA draft is scheduled to happen on Thursday, June 22.

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Story originally appeared on Thunder Wire